Ub Iwerks

Ub Iwerks

Andrea Szwejbka



            In the early 1900’s two animators from Kansas City working for Universal Pictures decided to leave and create there own animation studio. Over the next few years the created everlasting films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Alice in Wonderland. This studio was known as the Walt Disney Studios and was created but Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.

Ub Iwerks was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 24, 1901. He is arguably Walt Disney’s oldest friend and the artist behind many of the lovable character. In 1928 after the failure on his original creation Oswald the Rabbit in 1928 Ub Iwerks along side Walt Disney put there minds together to create the next Felix the Cat. Shooting down Iwerks idea for a frog Disney decided on a mouse Ub reluctantly created the character. After the success of Mickey Mouse Ub was getting fed up with the lack of recognition for his character and decided to leave.

In the 1930’s  Ub Iwerks opened up his own studio with new characters ‘”Flip the Frog” and “Willie Whooper”.  He independently distributed a series of shorts between 1933- 1936 named ComiColor Cartoons. These shorts portrayed fairy tales with no real star or main character. Despite his artistic abilities he could never rise above the success of Disney and after going bankrupt and brief career with Warner Brothers , Ub unwillingly went back to Disney Studios.

After his return to Disney, despite still being the artist, he was not given the same credit he was given before and was slowly reduced to the shadows. He spent the rest of career at Disney. He died on July 7 1971. His most famous characters being Mickey Mouse and Flip the Frog. 

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